Practicing Pool Safety

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While the pool can be an enjoyable way to cool off during the hot days of summer, it can also be dangerous. Many people think children are the only ones at risk of drowning, but the truth is that even adults can drown when proper pool safety isn’t practiced. If you are planning to spend time poolside this summer, there are a few rules you should follow to ensure a safe, fun swimming experience.

Follow the rules. This may seem like a no brainer, but the pool rules should always be obeyed.  Typically, rules will include no running, pushing or dunking.

Swim with a buddy. People of all ages, even adults, should always make sure there is someone else in or near the water any time someone is swimming.

Learn CPR. This is a smart thing to do no matter what. Knowing CPR could be the difference between life and death, especially in a drowning situation.

Steer clear of pool drains. If a drain is faulty, limbs, hair or clothing can easily become entangled in it. If you are a pool owner and are concerned your drain is faulty, contact your pool service provider to have your drain inspected.

Keep a first aid kit nearby. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit with scissors, bandages, antibiotics and other safety supplies near the pool.

If you own a pool and are looking to practice proper pool safety, there are a few things you should do. First, install four-sided fencing that will keep your pool separates from the house and additional yard area. Secondly, keep the pool and deck clear of toys, balls and other items that may encourage children to play in the pool unsupervised.

For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

How To Keep Your Ears Healthy During Summer

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Most people are more aware of their ear health during the summer when they are in and out of the pool regularly. Everyone’s heard of the dreaded “swimmer’s ear,” but few people know how to maintain proper ear health. There are several things you can do to keep your ears healthy during the summer and beyond.

Keep Your Music Level Reasonable

Hearing damage from personal devices, such as headphones and television, can cause you to think other people are “mumbling” when they speak; however, it’s probably not them, it’s you. When you are exposed to high volume levels for a long period of time, it can slowly wear out the tiny hair cells of the inner ear that are supposed to convert sound into nerve signals that go to the brain. The way to gauge your volume: if someone else can hear your device, it’s too loud.

Don’t Clean Your Ears Too Much

Because most people spend a lot of time in the pool throughout the summer, they’re worried about bacteria getting in their ears. To remedy this, they will end up cleaning their ears too much. However, pushing a Q-tip into your ear can actually cause the wax to be pushed farther, which then compacts it. If you’ve happened to impact earwax inside your ear, you should contact a doctor to safely remove it for you.

How To Treat Swimmer’s Ear

Swimmer’s ear is caused when the bacteria-filled water and warm wax inside the ear combine. If you are suffering from swimmer’s ear, your ear may begin to itch before it becomes sore and painful. You should seek medical attention so a doctor can properly clean everything out. Your doctor may use a cellulose sponge that carries the prescription drops to the infection.

If you believe you are suffering from swimmer’s ear or hearing loss, consider seeking medical attention. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we have physicians that are board-eligible in family medicine or emergency medicine. We offer convenient access to the expert care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

5 Benefits of Eating Avocado

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Many people don’t think of avocado as a fruit, but believe it or not, the highly nutritious food is, in fact, a fruit and not a vegetable. This little green fruit is often praised for its abundance of healthy fats, which have long been known to provide ample health benefits. In case you’re still on the fence about eating avocado, here are five benefits you receive from this fruit.

  1. Avocados have more potassium than bananas. Most people go straight for bananas any time they have a cramp, but avocados actually contain 100 grams, or 14% of the recommended daily value, in one serving (3.5 ounces). Bananas, on the other hand, have 10% of the RDA per serving.
  2. Eating avocados can reduce cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Many people are worried about eating fats because they think it will raise their cholesterol; however, avocado actually works to lower LDL (the “bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (the “good) cholesterol.
  3. Avocados can help prevent cancer. Although limited, some studies show that avocado can both reduce the risk of cancer and minimize the effects of chemotherapy.
  4. Avocados hold a laundry list of nutrients. Among the nutrients in avocados are Vitamin K, Folate, Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin E.
  5. Eating avocado can help you lose weight. Because they are high in fiber and low in carbs, avocados are a great food to eat if you’re looking to shed a few pounds.

If you’d like to incorporate avocados in your diet, consider cutting one up in a salad, eating it as guacamole or even spreading one on toast for a healthy breakfast option. Because they take some time to ripen, it’s important to make sure that it feels slightly soft when you select your avocado. For more healthy tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

What Services Does Denton Regional Urgent Care Offer?

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Urgent care facilities have become increasingly popular the past few years as people come to experience their efficient and affordable care. Because every minute counts when injuries and illness occur, urgent care facilities can offer the same expertise as a hospital or primary care. For those in Denton County, Denton Regional Urgent Care is an excellent option for medical care, open from 9am to 9pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 7 pm on the weekends. Denton Regional Urgent Care offers the below services:

Urgent Care

Our physicians are specially trained in urgent care and are available after hours and on the weekend. And we are backed by the expertise of Medical City Denton (formerly Denton Regional Medical Center), Denton County’s only designated trauma center. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we treat minor emergencies and accidental injuries, strep throat, fevers, the flu, upper respiratory infections, earaches, muscle strains and sprains, eye injuries, burns, broken bones and much more. To see a full list of our urgent care services, click here.

Occupational Health Services

Denton Regional Urgent Care offers a wide range of occupational health services to keep your employees healthy and productive. We are proud to provide a low-cost alternative for non-emergent healthcare services. Our occupational health services include workplace injury treatment, post-accident screenings, substance abuse testing and breath alcohol testing, flu shots and immunizations and x-rays.

Sports Injury Services

At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we know your game can’t wait. Whether you are an elite athlete or an avid amateur, we offer convenient access to the expert care you expect, right when you need it–even after hours or on the weekends. Sports injuries we treat include muscle strains and sprains, broken bones, scrapes, lacerations, stitches and contusions. We also perform X-rays and sports physicals.

School Physicals

Physical exams are required for participation in a variety of activities, such as sports, camps and Boy Scout trips. These exams are performed by a qualified medical professional and designed to identify any health conditions that would make participation in certain activities dangerous.

Flu Shots & Vaccinations

Vaccinations are the best way to dramatically reduce your risk of getting a variety of serious illnesses. At Denton Regional Urgent Care, we offer seasonal flu shots, as well as many other common vaccinations. Please call (940) 239-9737 for a complete list.

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

 

8 Most Common Food Allergies

allergy foodIf you are allergic to a specific food, your body thinks that food is something that could make you sick. Therefore, when you eat that food, your body’s defense system tries to protect you. Food allergies may result in a mild skin rash or itchy eyes. For some people, it can leave them gasping for breath. It’s extremely important to identify any food allergies you or your child has to avoid serious symptoms.

What Foods Cause Allergies?

There are eight foods that cause about 90% of food allergies. These foods are:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, pine nuts, brazil nuts and pecans
  • Soy
  • Wheat and other grains, which can include gluten
  • Fish
  • Shellfish

Symptoms of Food Allergies

An allergic reaction to food can happen as quickly as minutes after the food’s been eaten and up to hours later. Those experiencing a food allergy can experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Red, swollen, dry or itchy skin rash
  • Runny or stuffy nose, sneezing or a dry cough
  • Itchy, water, red eyes
  • Itchy mouth or inside of ear
  • Funny taste in the mouth
  • Upset stomach, cramps, vomiting or diarrhea

Severe reactions, which are most commonly linked to peanut, nut, fish and shellfish allergies, can include the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swollen lips, tongue or throat
  • Feeling weak, confused or passing out
  • Chest pain or an uneven heartbeat

Looking for Hidden Triggers

Those who’ve recently developed a food allergy (or even those who’ve suffered for awhile) can find it difficult to identify what foods to avoid. The following foods can often include ingredients that may trigger an allergy:

  • Baked goods, such as cakes and cookies
  • Water-packed tuna
  • Salad dressing
  • Hot dogs

If you believe you’re suffering from a food allergy, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

7 Ways to Treat Indigestion

Woman Has Stomach Ache Sitting on Bench at ParkMany people look at indigestion as something that happens when eating too much food or eating food that is high in fat and difficult to digest. But the truth is indigestion can be symptomatic of an underlying problem, like ulcers, gallbladder disease or a reflux disease. It’s important to identify if you’re suffering from indigestion and, if so, what may be causing it.

Symptoms of Indigestion

  • Bloating of the stomach
  • Gas and belching
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Extreme fullness during or after a meal
  • Burning in your stomach
  • Belly pain

If you’re feeling stressed, it may exacerbate symptoms. Also, some people may experience heartburn along with indigestion, caused by stomach acids rising into the esophagus.

Causes of Indigestion

While lifestyle factors (smoking, drinking or eating too fast) can cause indigestion, it is often caused by an underlying condition. Diseases such as irritable bowl syndrome, thyroid disease, pancreatitis, GERD and ulcers are often responsible for indigestion. Medications can play a role in causing indigestion as well. If you’re taking aspirin, birth control pills, steroid medications, antibiotics or thyroid medicines and frequently experience indigestion, it’s worth asking your doctor if the two may be linked.

Treating Indigestion

Some people may not require treatment at all as indigestion often goes away on its own in a matter of hours. However, if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to try a few things that may prevent indigestion or at least help treat the symptoms:

  • Avoid eating late at night
  • Avoid spicy foods
  • Drink beverages after meals instead of during them
  • Try not to chew with your mouth open as this causes you to swallow too much air, adding to indigestion
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid drinking alcohol
  • If the above changes don’t help, talk to your doctor about altering your medication

If you believe you’re suffering from chronic indigestion, consider visiting Denton Regional Urgent Care. We offer convenient access to the quality care you need right when you need it, even after hours or on the weekend as well.

 Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.

4 Healthy Habits At The Workplace

iStock-527614789.jpgMany people notice a change in their health and waistline after they’ve started a new job. Between sitting at a desk all day long and partaking in the constant flow of treats being brought in, the office can be one of the biggest detriments to your health. But by making a few small changes to your daily habits at work, you can establish some healthy ones that will make a big difference. 

Get Moving

There are many ways to incorporate movement into your daily routine. Whether you decide to walk or bike to work a few days a week, go on a midday walk with a coworker or participate in lunchtime workout classes, there are many opportunities at the workplace to be active.

Focus On Diet

Making small changes to your eating habits during the workday can have a big effect. To gain energy, it’s important to drink water as much as possible throughout the day, eat breakfast daily, step away from your computer when eating lunch and bring in healthy snacks so you don’t end up at the vending machine mid-afternoon. 

Give Yourself A Break

Even five minutes away from your desk can go a long way to alleviate stress. Whether you go read a book, meditate, take a walk or simply take a few minutes to not be on electronics, giving yourself that time to relax and refocus can make a big difference for the rest of the day.

Find Other Supporters

Maintaining healthy habits at work can be much easier with a support system. Find others at the office who are trying to improve their daily routine as well and see if they’d like to walk a few times a week or be your accountability buddy when sweet treats are brought in.

If you’re looking for more helpful tips and up-to-date medical information, check in on the Denton Regional Urgent Care blog regularly this holiday season. 

Disclaimer: Patients’ health can vary. Always consult with a medical professional before taking medication, making health-related decisions or deciding if medical advice is right for you.